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Saints, Vol. 1: The Standard of Truth: 1815–1846 (2018) — Writer; General Editor — 310 kappaletta
Exploring the First Vision (2012) — Toimittaja; Esipuhe; Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Preserving the History of the Latter-day Saints (2010) — Toimittaja; Esipuhe; Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Joseph the Seer (2005) 7 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 59 No. 3, 2020 (2020) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 58 No. 4, 2019 (2019) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 60 No. 2, 2021 (2021) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 60 No. 4, 2021 (2021) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 59 No. 2, 2020 (2020) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 59 No. 1, 2020 (2020) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 57 No. 4, 2018 (2018) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 58 No. 1, 2019 (2019) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 59 No. 4, 2020 (2020) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 58 No. 2, 2019 (2019) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 60 No. 1, 2021 (2021) — Toimittaja — 2 kappaletta
Journal of Mormon History - Vol. 38, No. 3, Summer 2012 (2012) — Guest editor; Johdanto — 2 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 58 No. 3, 2019 (2019) — Toimittaja — 2 kappaletta

Associated Works

Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (2000) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
Doctrine and Covenants Reference Companion (2012) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
No Weapon Shall Prosper: New Light on Sensitive Issues (2011) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta
Joseph Smith, The Prophet and Seer (2010) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Days Never to be Forgotten (2009) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion (2017) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Conversations with Mormon Historians (2015) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
An Eye of Faith: Essays in Honor of Richard O. Cowan (2015) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Mormon Historical Studies - Vol. 9, No. 2 (Fall 2008) (2008) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Journal of Mormon History - Vol. 31, No. 1, Spring 2005 (2005) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Journal of Mormon History - Vol. 25, No. 2, Fall 1999 (1999) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Mormon Historical Studies - Vol. 10, No. 2 (Fall 2009) (2009) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Mormon Studies Review, Vol. 3 (2016) (2016) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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Chapter 1 gives background information.

I was pleased that Chapter 2 has references to the Joseph Smith Papers project, which has the various first vision accounts.

This is the first of four volumes that covers up through the death of Joseph Smith. It is easily readable, but for those wanting to delve deeper, endnotes provide the source of the information. I read an electronic copy, which in many cases had a live link to the cited source. The paperback copy is about 46 mm thick. As of June 2021, the first two volumes have been published.

There is no need for a long review. The book is available at no charge for an electronic copy, and the printed copy is quite inexpensive. Go read it yourself.

1. Ask in Faith (Tambora, ... Religious Excitement)
2. Hear Him (First Vision Accounts)
3. Plates of Gold
4. Be Watchful
5. All Is Lost
6. The Gift and Power of God
7. Fellow Servants
8. ...
46. Endowed with Power
Notes on Sources
Sources Cited

2021-02-17 Accidentally marked as read for the second time. I’ll update the date finished when I actually do finish reading it the second time.
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bread2u | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 15, 2024 |
This is a really fascinating book and I now see why it caused a lot of Mormons to start questioning LDS church history.
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Moshepit20 | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 4, 2023 |
4.5 Stars

I must admit I was underwhelmed at the beginning. The pacing was done well ("started with a bang" as someone somewhere said) but the language was simple. Definitely not the type of historical style that is or has been popular lately and, I must admit, I was unprepared for that. The writers aimed for simplicity and clarity. I still wish it had been the beautiful prose I love (hence the -.5 stars) BUT, and I'm not sure when this redirection happened, upon personal reassessment at 3 chapters in I loved it. *

In spite of the language, I found the story to be full of the drama that is human life. Not the triangle type, but the living, dying, trying to provide a living, trying to do the best and failing and then trying again type. I found people that were indisputably good and still indisputably human and bending under the day-to-day cares and troubles that I know so well.

Most history books previously had focused on Joseph Smith with a dose of Emma thrown in. But here! There were women, scores of women, whose voices told their own story. There were women who traveled the world, women who were single, women who were old, from every type of life imaginable. I wish I had been able to read this when I was single because I would have felt in good company. There were people from all over the world (listed by name!) who challenged my inadvertently preconceived notions about early congregations and communities of that time period.

They shied away from telling the popular stories, if they weren't necessary (Goodbye Father Tanner), and went for the stories you didn't hear all the time (whatever happened to Edward Partridge anyway?).

I got lost in the footnotes, just like I did in [a:Gerald N. Lund's|207452|Gerald N. Lund|] similar series, only these were better because it was their handwriting and contained so much more details about life then than the part that corresponded to that event. I learned things at times and at other times-- for example Parley's escape from prison and Orson Hyde's and Orson Pratt's returning to Nauvoo-- I thought "There's a little bit more to the story according to Susan Easton Black, but that's the general gist."

Couple of notes regarding some complaints:
Some reviewers pointed out that certain facts were not "dealt with." So, therefore, I was absolutely blindsided when they were addressed. Not with suppositions, but with the available primary sources which, as Dr. Underwood always stressed in my history class, are the only sources one should ever use. The text is quite bluntly honest when it doesn't have such sources. For more questions/answers look here.

* Minor question: Where was Lorenzo Snow? His story would have added some texture to several points of history, I'm sure. Also, here's wishing Anson had showed up at least once.
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OutOfTheBestBooks | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 24, 2021 |
This volume covers an interesting period of Joseph Smith’s life that includes the finishing and dedication of the Kirtland Temple and the associated visions, work on the Book of Abraham, the Kirtland Safety Society, and persecution and apostasy. Some of the documents included are from Joseph Smith’s journals, and so have already been published in Journals, Volume 1:1832-1839. Others are from Minute Book 1, archival collections, periodicals, other peoples’ diaries, legal records, etc. There are no journals available covering April 1836 to January 1838, so some of the best contemporary sources were chosen to try to fill things in.

The book starts with the usual material for this series, including a timeline of Joseph Smith’s life, maps, an explanation of the Joseph Smith Papers Project, a volume introduction, and an explanation of the editorial method. The book is then divided into seven parts, based on time periods. There is an appendix with blessings to Don Carlos Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Frederick G. Williams, and Sidney Rigdon. And then there is the usual reference material with source notes, a chronology, geographical directory and maps, pedigree chart, biographical directory, organizational charts, essay on sources, works cited, a cross-reference with the Doctrine and Covenants, index, etc. At the very back is a note about resources available on the Joseph Smith Papers website that relate to the series as well as this particular book.

Most of the first and second chapters of the Book of Abraham are included as “Book of Abraham Manuscript, circa Early June - circa November 1835-A [Abraham 1:4-2:6].” There is a historical introduction that explains how the papyri were obtained and what is known about the translation, as well as the publication in Times and Seasons. A footnote points out that “Though a notice printed in the 1 February 1843 issue of the Times and Seasons suggested that JS would publish ‘further extracts’ from the Book of Abraham, there is no documentary evidence that other extracts were produced. All extant manuscripts generated by JS and his associates during their study of the Egyptian papyri, dated circa 1835 to circa 1842, are available at the Joseph Smith Papers website,” (page 77)

This is followed up by “Egyptian Alphabet, circa Early July - circa November 1835-A.” This is explained as “the only extant document among the larger collection of Egyptian-related materials that contains JS’s handwriting; portions of the text are also in the handwriting of Cowdery and Parrish. Five pages in length, the manuscript contains various characters, some of which are followed by their pronunciation and interpretation…. That the characters in the Egyptian alphabet presented here were copied from more than one source suggests that what is termed as ‘Egyptian alphabet’ may have been part of a comprehensive project that synthesized characters from various source texts” (page 82.) It is unknown how the document was produced, but the interpretations do not match modern translations. It “may have been an effort by JS and his associates to decode characters that they assumed stood for larger concepts.” (page 83)

There are many documents related to the Kirtland Temple, including minutes of the dedication with all the words to the hymns sung and the dedicatory prayer. There is a diagram of the temple and a photo of the interior. “The spiritual outpouring that occurred in Kirtland, Ohio, when the House of the Lord was dedicated on 27 March 1836 continued in the days following that special event. Three days after the dedication, participants reported, the promised endowment of power occurred at a solemn assembly. This event marked the culmination of a series of instruction from JS and other church leaders, the organizing of the church’s priesthood structure, and the administration of rituals. JS’s journal records that another significant event took place on the afternoon of 3 April: JS and Oliver Cowdery experienced a vision of Jesus Christ and visitations from Moses, Elias, and Elijah…. FInally, 6 April 1836, the sixth anniversary of the church’s organization, was ‘set apart as a day of prayer to end the feast of the Passover and in honor of the jubilee of the church.’ That day men ordained to the priesthood met to observe and participate in sacred ordinances. According to Heber C. Kimball, as the meeting continued, ‘the spirit of prophecy was poured out upon the Assembly,’ and this ‘marvellous spirit’ continued for several days.” (page 213)

Part 5 contains documents associated with the Kirtland Safety Society. The volume introduction and the section introduction give the history of the institution in the broader context of the financial troubles of the time, which were both the motivation for its creation and the cause of its downfall. The documents include the Constitution of the Kirtland Safety Society Bank, Articles of Agreement for the Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Company, pictures of the notes that were produced, and associated agreements and correspondence. “Extant sources offer little credible documentation of monetary losses caused by the Kirtland Safety Society’s closure, but it is clear that only a few individuals invested sizable funds in the institution. Joseph Smith invested the most money, several thousand dollars, and no one lost more in the collapse of the Safety Society than he did. The devaluation of society notes and the unwillingness of other banks to accept the notes as payment contributed to the financial hardships in Kirtland, but most individuals there were more adversely affected by the broader Panic of 1837, which caused the price of goods to increase and land values to decrease drastically.” (page xxxii)

As with the other volumes from the Joseph Smith Papers Project, there is much of interest between the covers of this book. Many hours can be spent perusing its contents by anyone interested in the Kirtland period of church history or in the life of Joseph Smith in general. I found that my reading of the material about the Kirtland Temple enhanced my experience covering the same topic in Sunday School today.
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atari_guy | May 11, 2021 |



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